Resources and Links - COVID-19

Posted on June 12, 2020

Below are resources, links and updates for Maine pediatricians. We encourage you to use the links below to stay updated on this rapidly changing information. We have collated information from the National AAP, CDC (National and Maine), AMA and other reputable sources. Health systems, hospitals and practices may have established specific protocols and guidance based on local circumstances.

Child Health Updates - July 2020


This week, the Academy published a new advocacy report, summarizing all of its latest federal and state advocacy activities.

Last month, the DHHS launched an online portal for pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgeons to apply for financial relief from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. The deadline to apply is July 20.


AAP created this FAQ page to help navigate the process. Please send any questions or concerns to covid-19@aap.org. Here is a recent AAP webinar on the application process (Login required).

The COVID Impacts on DHHS Services tracker: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/data-reports

MCDC Data: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml


CDC's Immunization Guidance: Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maine CDC Contact Tracing Positions: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/contact-tracing-positions.shtml

Society Maternal Fetal Medicine COVID Strategies to provide equitable care

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children - MIS-C: Recommendations from The BBCH: Pediatric Clinical Guideline MIS C

National AAP #CallYourPediatrician campaign: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/campaigns/call-your-pediatrician/Pages/default.aspx

New Guidance on Newborns from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/caring-for-newborns.html

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and
Administration — United States, 2020 MMWR Vaccines

Detection of SARS Co V 2 in Placental and Fetal Membranes: AJOG MFM

HANS Alert: Antibody Testing CDC

Guidance on School Re-opening on Physical and Mental Health

New AAP guidance on reopening schools once COVID-19 wanes includes considerations for instructional time, physical and mental health, special populations, and more. Learn more:

Summer Camp Guidance

National AAP Guidance: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/guidance-for-families-and-pediatricians-on-camp-attendance-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

The Maine Camp Checklists are on the DECD website as of 5/20 https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/COVID%20Checklist%20for%20ME%20Phase%202%20Overnight%20Summer%20Camps.pdf


Guidance on Sports Participation

May 29th - Slides from Dr. Labotz: Sports presentation May 29 2020

Sports and Sports Physicals: Guidance for Return to Sport and Related Activities 2020 NFHS

Play Sports Coalition Guidance: https://playsportscoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Return-to-Play-Considerations-.pdf

National Federation of State High School Associations Guidance: Guidance for Opening up High School Athletics and Activities NFHS SMAC May 15 2020 FINAL


Pediatrics Collection on COVID-19 Offers Pediatricians the Latest Research

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created many questions among families and caregivers, and information continues to evolve. The editorial team at Pediatrics have compiled articles from American Academy of Pediatrics publications into a curated collection of articles on COVID-19. This online collection will be updated frequently to reflect new articles published on this topic. Pediatrics articles and resources include:

Practice Management Resources

Pediatric practices around the country are facing the challenge of providing care to their patients and families amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These practice management resources are geared toward independent practices and offer approaches used by other practicing pediatricians.

Telemedicine and Telephone Care

The Academy continues to advocate for immediate changes to Medicaid, CHIP, and private insurers so that pediatricians can provide and be paid for telehealth care services. To support these policy changes, the AAP has developed a new resource, AAP Guidance: Telehealth Payer Policy in Response to COVID-19, which outlines policy changes aiming to alleviate barriers to telehealth care. In addition, see how your state is responding to this crisis in these State Notices on Telehealth Policy. Also, be sure to review this telehealth compendium for tools and resources to support your efforts.

**For specific resources on TELEHEALTH, visit: https://www.maineaap.org/providers/topic-resources/telehealth

Telehealth ECHO on COVID-19 Available via link above.

American Academy of Pediatrics Resources:

The AAP has a web page on AAP.org where you can find the latest clinical guidance, recommendations from CDC, information for parents and other resources. For questions or comments related to the pandemic, email COVID-19@aap.org

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

Maine CDC

CDC Webinar Briefings:

  1. Mondays from 1-2 pm: General Briefing on COVID-19 intended for Maine health care providers, governmental and non-governmental public health organizations, hospitals, clinics, health centers, laboratories, professional associations, first responders, health care administrators, emergency managers, and other similar parties. https://zoom.us/j/544261659
  2. Twice-weekly Coronavirus update Zoom meeting for hospital employees.
    -Tuesday at 11-11:30 am: https://zoom.us/j/127279950
    -Fridays from 1:30-2: https://zoom.us/j/685349784
  3. Wednesdays at 1 pm: The Maine CDC Coronavirus update for Long Term Care Facilities, hosted by Rita Owsiak, https://zoom.us/j/570558574
  4. Thursdays at 12:30-1: Maine CDC Coronavirus Update for Clinicians by Dr. Stephen Sears, MD https://zoom.us/j/798526090 Meeting ID: 798 526 090
  5. Alternating Fridays from 12:15-1: COVID-19 and Children: CDC (Dr. Sears), DHHS (Drs. Belisle and Carmack), MAAP Discussion (Drs. Hagler and Blaisdell) with Child Health Providers: https://zoom.us/j/871527860 +19292056099,,871527860#. Please send questions to Dr. Belisle by 3 pm on Wed as we make the agenda (amy.belisle@maine.gov)

Information for Maine Foster Families from OCFS:

Colorado Children's Video Tip Sheets

Office Triage Protocols - Barton Schmitt, MD

American Medical Association:

World Health Organization:

Covid-19 and Children - Lessons from Italy

National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

The Hendren Project: